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Paris Hilton released in South Africa after being detained on pot suspicion, rep says

July 2, 2010 |  4:03 pm

Paris Hilton in Brazil Paris Hilton was released by South African authorities Friday after a brief court appearance, TMZ reports. She had been detained on suspicion of pot possession, as reported by our colleagues at the Fabulous Forum.

A rep for Hilton says authorities apologized to the heiress for misidentifying her, TMZ says.

Hilton was at the Brazil-Netherlands soccer match before she was detained outside the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, according to a Johannesburg radio station report. Hilton was, according to TMZ's source, part of a group and was not smoking weed.

Hilton appeared briefly in a special FIFA World Cup court around midnight local time.

Talk about a blow to the producers of "Locked Up Abroad."

-- Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Paris Hilton on a fashion runway in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 10, 2010. Credit: Mauricio Lima / AFP/Getty Images.